Sunday, May 31, 2009

Marley & Me (2008)

Two journalists, John Grogan (Owen Wilson) and his wife, Jennifer Grogan (Jennifer Aniston), moved to Florida and adopted a labrador named Marley. Marley becomes a rollicking force of nature in their lives.

Rating: 1.5/5.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Joker (Heath Ledger) and Batman (Christian Bale)

The dashing Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)

Alfred Pennyworth (Sir Michael Caine)

Bruce Wayne and his genius R&D man, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman)

Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Harvey Dent/TwoFace (Aaron Eckhart)


Batman and James Gordon (Gary Oldman) find alliance with the newly appointed DA, Harvey Dent, in dealing with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known as the Joker, as it drives each of them to their limits.

The late Heath Ledger blew me away with his performance as the Joker. The Oscar was rightfully deserved.

Rating: 2.5/5.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and Klaatu (Keanu Reeves)


A remake of the 1951 classic scifi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Rating: 1/5.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Equilibrium (2002)

In a Fascist future where all forms of emotions are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

This film reminds me of Aeon Flux. Christian Bale does well as Cleric John Preston with cool, butt
kicking moves. It isn't easy to stay mostly emotionless.

Rating: 1.5/5.

Friday, May 22, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

Scarlett Johansson as Anna Taylor

Alex (Justin Long) and Gigi Haim (Ginnifer Goodwin)

Beth Bartlett (Jennifer Aniston) and Neil Jones (Ben Affleck)

Gigi, Beth, and Janine Gunders (Jennifer Connelly)

An interconnecting story that deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behaviour.

The rating says it all.

Rating: 1/5.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Angels & Demons (2009)

The story of Professor Robert Langdon's brush with a secret society, the Illuminati, and his frantic quest for the world's most powerful energy source, in the company of an Italian physicist, Vittoria Vetra, whose father, a wellknown physicist, has been murdered.

A better adaptation compared to The Da Vinci Code, but fails to translate effectively on the screen. Ewan McGregor steals the show from Tom Hanks.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Crossing Over (2009)

Cole Frankel (Ray Liotta) and Denise Frankel (Ashley Judd)

Max Brogan (Harrison Ford) and Mireya Sanchez (Alice Braga)


This film explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find and create in modern Los Angeles.

If you liked Babel, then you might enjoy this.

Rating: 1.5/5.

Star Trek (2009)

Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)

A chronicle of the early days of Captain James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.


Australia (2008)


Set in northern Australia before WWII, Lady Sarah Ashley, an English aristocrat, who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a cattle driver, Drover, in order to protect her property from a takeover plot.


Rating: 1.5/5.

Changeling (2008)

Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie)

Captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan) and Christine Collins

Captain J.J. Jones

Rev. Gustav A. Briegleb (John Malkovich), Christine Collins and attorney Sammy Hann (Geoff Pierson)


A mother's prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn't take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers.

A moving story based on actual events, and one of the few decent films I've watched in months. Bravo, Clint Eastwood!

Rating: 3/5.

The Reader (2008)

Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet) and young Michael Berg (David Kross).

Kate Winslet won an Oscar for this role.

The grownup Michael Berg played by Ralph Fiennes


PostWWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg reencounters his former lover as she defends herself in a warcrime trial.

Rating: 2/5.

Rendition (2007)

Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Anwar ElIbrahimi (Omar Metwally) being taken away

Isabella Fields ElIbrahimi (Reese Witherspoon)

Corrine Whitman (Meryl Streep) and Senator Hawkins (Alan Arkin)

Based on a true story, a CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.

Rating: 2.5/5.

Resurrecting The Champ (2007)

When upandcoming sports writer Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) saves a homeless man from a scrape with a group of rowdy college kids, he unwittingly finds himself face to face with no ordinary bum, but Champ, the onetime boxing great Bob Satterfield. What begins as a story resurrecting a once–great man turns into an incredible journey, and an opportunity for Erik to reexamine his own life, his relationship with his young son and his recently separated wife. The film is based on the L.A. Times Magazine article written by J. R. Moehringer.

Josh Hartnett is a fine actor. The film is a bit long
winded, though.

Rating: 1/5.

Friday, May 15, 2009

East Meets West Spread

Homemade tagliatelle marinara with chicken patties.

I made the pasta using wheat flour, semolina flour, eggs and water. Not too bad for a first
timer, aye? Homemade pasta is timeconsuming. Definitely not for the impatient. A friend has asked me to make wholemeal pasta next time.

My sister's chicken chop served with black pepper sauce, potato wedges and coleslaw.

Lamb chop served with black pepper sauce, potato wedges and coleslaw.

Mama's gravy for grilled turkey

Ostrich meat in soy sauce.

Ostrich meat tastes like beef, but richer and tender. It's high in iron, low in fat content and calories. Ideal for weight
watchers who love red meat.

Beef soup

Fried soft tofu

My sister's crabmeat mayo sushi

Baked macaroni for my uncle and his family

Sliced baked macaroni